The Nottingham Post Business Awards takes place on Tuesday 29 May at the East Midlands Conference Centre and stands as an opportunity for the region to come together to celebrate everything that is good and great about the local business community.
Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Paddy Tipping, is one of the sponsors getting behind this year’s awards.
As Nottinghamshire’s PCC Mr Tipping’s job is to improve the safety of Nottinghamshire’s communities with the police and other partners. Working to reduce the risk of harm, Paddy commissions services to help victims of crime to cope and recover and is responsible for ensuring the local police service is as good as it possibly can be and is resourced and ready to respond when needed by the public. As an elected public figure, he is also tasked with championing the needs and the views of the public and ensuring their voice is heard.
It is the ‘Employer of the Year’ category which has sparked Mr Tipping’s sponsorship – a category which honours employers who invest into their employees’ wellbeing, training and career progression.
Speaking of his association with this year’s awards, Mr Tipping said:
“I’m pleased to support the Nottingham Post Business Awards 2018 and specifically the Employer of the Year category. Good organisations care about the safety and welfare of their employees, fostering a culture of support and encouragement to promote physical and mental wellbeing. In my experience, employers in this county are focused on the security of their staff both on and offline and play a proactive role in community safety in general. For this reason, I’m very keen to support the good work taking place and recognise those businesses which have gone above and beyond to make Nottinghamshire a safer place for all.”
A public figure working on behalf of Nottinghamshire and its people, there is no doubt that Mr Tipping’s work is far reaching. Highlighting the ways in which he believes he contributes to the regional business community in particular, he said:
“Ensuring Nottinghamshire remains a safe place to live, work and visit is vital to its economic prosperity. Crime costs local businesses millions of pounds every year which ultimately impacts on the local economy. Working with local businesses to prevent crime, listening to their needs and ensuring our police service swiftly responds when needed is vital to my role and helps us to protect local livelihoods as well as reduce financial losses and lost productivity through crime. Nottinghamshire is also a popular place to visit and study and maintaining our reputation as a safe and thriving county is critical for the success of our leisure and tourist industry.”
As well as making true of his pledges which includes tackling the risk of cybercrime and online fraud, ensuring residents are best protected from terrorism and maintaining quality neighbourhood police teams, Mr Tipping has a clear outline for what the future holds for Nottinghamshire and its residents:
“Increasing police visibility and bolstering our frontline response is a key priority for 2018-19. My recently confirmed budget will fund 80 extra police officers over the next 12 months, taking total strength to 1940. More officers on our streets will help us respond more effectively to calls for assistance and tackle more local problems. A strong, visible, policing presence is on the top of everybody’s wish list which is why I plan to increase officer strength towards the 2,000 mark over the next two years.”